Under Pressure

Under Pressure
"She is still totally Lindsay [in N.Y.C. on Dec. 2]," says Lohan's mom, Dina. "She's just who she is."
Jim Cooper/AP

12/09/2004 AT 12:00 PM EST

Family dysfunction can take many forms, but one might shape up like this: On Dec. 1 teen queen Lindsay Lohan and her mom, Dina, kicked back at Manhattan hot spot PM at a party for NASCAR champ Jeff Gordon. "She was just chilling with her mom," says an observer who was at the club, where an upbeat Lohan danced and drank Red Bull until 1 a.m. Meanwhile, at a Long Island hospital, Michael Lohan – dad of Lindsay, husband of Dina, estranged from both – recuperated from chest pains while handcuffed to his bed; earlier that day he had been arraigned for allegedly violating an order of protection obtained by Dina and for driving under the influence of drugs. "Michael has problems that he needs to deal with – he needs to take care of himself," says Dina, adding that she plans to file for divorce from her husband of 19 years next week. Not surprisingly, Michael has a different take. "I just want to be a father, I want to take care of my family," Michael told PEOPLE on Dec. 5 from the Nassau County Correctional Center, where he was being held pending a $1 million bail. (At a Dec. 7 hearing, a judge sentenced him to an in-patient alcohol and substance-abuse facility.) "I want nothing to do with Lindsay's business or life. I just want to be Daddy. That's all."

Unfortunately for everyone involved in this ongoing domestic drama, it's not quite that simple. And smack in the center of the emotionally fraught storm is one of Hollywood's hottest young stars. The situation is "a sore subject," Lohan recently told Jane. "I'm a normal girl and I have normal stuff that goes on in my life, and that's really all there is to it."
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